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This program recognizes excellence in 8th through 11th graders in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.

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This program awards grants of $5,000 a year for two years. Since its inception in 2002, the Trust has given 263 grants to 124 previous Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. This grant provides the boost that allows the rising stars in Texas to become the legends of tomorrow.

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Event Chair Kate Perez

Host Committee
Lauren Adams
Juliet Brandon
Sarah Burleson
Matthew Hinsley
William Jackson
Laura Villagran Johnson
Rafael Mazza
Lauren Perez
Robbie Jane Pope
Kevin Smothers
Ashley Tagle
Natasa Valocchi
Andrew West

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The Young Masters program is a joint initiative with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), recognizing excellence in 8th through 11th graders in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts. The program awards grants of $5,000 per year for two years. Since its inception in 2002, the Trust and TCA have given 263 grants to 124 Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state.

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Texas Young Masters on CBS News!

We wanted to share this amazing story that recently aired on CBS News about how Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas is sending a record five students to The Julliard School in NYC, one of the world’s greatest institutions for the performing arts. Three of those five are Young Masters.  

The Young Masters who will be starting Julliard in the fall are: My’Kal Stromile and Mason Manning, Young Master 2012, Dance; and Alysia Johnson, Young Master 2010, Ballet.  

The two remaining Booker T. Washington students who will start Julliard in the fall, but were not part of the Young Masters program, are Madison Hicks and Alicia Crowder.  We congratulate them as well!

Success Stories!

Christopher Vo
Class of 2002, Dance

Christopher Vo had never traveled outside of the Dallas Metroplex until he received a Young Master’s scholarship award. As a result of his Young Masters training during summers at the Juliard School dance program in New York, Chris was accepted as a freshman on full scholarship.


The Young Masters,a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, helps children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to expand their unique talents in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and the literary arts.  The program is available to outstanding students in grades 8 through 11, and creates a mentoring relationship between the student and the instructor.  Scholarships of $2500 per year are provided to successful applicants for a period of two years.  The Young Masters program nurtures our rising stars to become the legends of tomorrow.

Katie Pipkin
Class of 2008, Visual Arts

“There is a point between adolescence and adulthood where one retains the creativity and delight of the first, without having to feel the full weight of the obligations and worries of the latter. For me, this period coincided with my first realization of the power of the arts; that they, unlike any other practice or profession, have an ability to move a great number of people simply on their own being.”

Caitlin Tully
Class of 2004, Music

Violinist Caitlin Tully of Austin, Texas, made her debut with the Vancouver Symphony at young age of ten, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond her years. Upon hearing her Yehudi Menuhin said, “She plays with more integrity than any young violinist I have ever heard.” Now at the age of seventeen, Ms. Tully performs with orchestras and in recitals across Canada and the United States.

Charles Yang
Class of 2004, Music

Sixteen year-old Charles Yang, a sophomore at Westlake High School in Austin, began studying the violin with his mother. “Violin is like caffeine to me,” says young Charles Yang. “I’m addicted to it!” You might say Charles was born to play violin. His mom — a violinist with the Austin Symphony — was onstage playing in a concert only hours before giving birth to him. Shortly after he came into the world, Charles instinctively took to the violin.

Click here for a complete list of Young Master’s recipients.



Announcing the 2014 Young Masters

Sophie Anthony, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Visual Arts/Two-dimensional
Jay Appaji, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Music/Carnatic Percussion
Nizhoni Begay, Incarnate Word High School, San Antonio, Voice/Mariachi
Jared Brown, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Dance/Modern
William Chiang, Plano Senior High School, Plano, Music/Piano
Ann Cho, Westlake High School, Austin, Music/Violin
Montana Dalton, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Frisco, Dance/Contemporary
Christin Engelberth, James Madison High School, San Antonio, Visual Arts/Two-dimensional
Claudia Isabel Heymach, The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Pearland, Literary Arts/Fiction
Esther Liao, Bellaire High School, Houston, Music/Piano
Hannah McEvilly, McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Austin, Musical Theater
Meg Mickelsen, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Visual Arts/Two-dimensional
Nina Pitts, The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, Music/Cello
Kian Raissian, Awty International School, Houston, Music/Cello
Juanito Riveros, Garland High School, Rowlett, Music/Harp
Sydney Shreve, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, Visual Arts/Three-dimensional
Catherine Thomas, Texas High School, Texarkana, Theater
Anastasia Tillman, Home School, Fort Worth, Dance/Ballet
Luke Westerman, Home School, Houston, Dance/Ballet
Katja Yanko, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands, Musical Theater

Don’t miss the 2014 Texas Young Masters Ceremony on Monday, April 7 @ 7 pm, at Stateside at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.  For tickets & information, click here.

Presenting the 2014 Class of Texas Young Masters!

Thank You to Our Fund-a-Young Master Supporters

Jenny & Brandon Aghamalian Grace Kelly
Julie & Tom Ahn Kathleen & Patrick Kennedy, Jr.
Leslie Archambault Lauren & Ben Krech
Annie & John Armbrust Steve & Linda LaMantia
Melissa Aufieri Laurie Lindemulder
Lee Bailey Helena & Joe Lipscomb
Linda Ball & Forrest Preece Christa Lockwood
Jill Bell LookThinkMake
Jon Bice Ellen & Steve Mason
Leslie Blanton Laura & Richard Matz, Jr.
Marvin Blum Lynn Metzler
Claire Bond Debbie & John Montford
Sabrina Brown Anina Moore
Patty & Robert W. Bryant Nancy Moorman
Bonnie Buckley Sara Morgan
Mark Bueter Claire Moyers
Cora & Clayton Bullock Julie Moyers
Sara Burleson Kim Ngo
Kim Chambers Guillermo Nicolas
Jim Cockrum Ashley Ohls
Scott Daigle Marita Parrish
Douglas Dempster Jennifer & Mark Phelan
Mindy Ellmer Lauren Phillips
Howard Falkenberg Natalie Phillips
Brenda & Ted Feldman Shelly Power
Pam & Bill Fielding Meg & Jay Propes
Caroline Forgason Jacqueline Rangel
Miller Gaffney Margaret Ransom
Cami Goff Connie Rees
Jennifer Gonzalez Jennifer Ransom Rice
Ann S. Graham Linda Schroeder
Kay & Bobby Gregory Gabriel Sepulveda
Robyn Hadley Billye Proctor Shaw
Anna & John Hammond Shirley Sloan
Caroline Hammond Sunny Smith
Deborah & Bill Hammond Grant Stanis
Linda Hatchel Yuniedth Steen
Linda & John Hatchel Laura Street
Iwalani Hayden David Thomas
Carol Haynes Janet Ward
Susan Horton Dr. George Weinberger
Kate Hull Aaron Weiss
Donald Humphreys Sherri & Travis West
Kathy Hutto Laura & Tobin Wiegand
Jonette & Travis James Pamela Willeford
Jennifer Jorns Sally & Bill Wittliff
Todd K

The final total for Fund-a-Young Master was $17,468 in donations.  We thank you for your generous support in helping us to exceed our goal of $15,000 or three scholarship grants to three very deserving Texas Young Masters.  

Special thanks to Ray Benson, Bob Schneider, and our sponsors for their generous support of the Young Masters Scholarship Program

Karen & Charles Matthews
Susie & John Adams

Anita & Truman Arnold
Cathey and Don Humphreys
Patricia & The Honorable David Dewhurst
Dawn & Harry Leatherwood

 Frost Bank
Sandra & Bill Gilliland
Guillermo Nicolas
The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
Judy & Kirk Robison
Dian & Harlan Stai
Suann & AJ Waight
Sherrill & Roger Winter
Janice & Spencer Youngblood

Olivia & George Bramblett
Diane Creel
Bruce Busby
John Hever
James Muncey

Program Founders:
Applied Materials
Anheuser Busch
BNSF Railway
The Honorable David Dewhurst
Ray C. Fish Foundation
Mrs. Gene Jones
Mr. George Mitchell
Mrs. W.D. Noel
Debbie and John Montford of the Plum Foundation

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